Thursday 21 September 2017

'We're happy to be paying smaller bills, says mother-of-three

Andrea Mara with her daughters Elisa (5) and Nia (3) at their home in Dun Laoghaire.
Photo: Ronan Langbe
Andrea Mara with her daughters Elisa (5) and Nia (3) at their home in Dun Laoghaire. Photo: Ronan Langbe
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Mother-of-three Andrea Mara said that when the Government finally announced details of the water package yesterday, it was a bit of "good news" for her family.

The 40-year-old said that while the details weren't "a huge surprise", she was happy to hear that she will not be paying as much as she had originally thought.

"We are happy to pay less rather than more, especially at a time when everybody is still trying to get back on their feet," the Dublin resident said.

"One way or another, it would be paid for. I would think in the long-term it probably doesn't make that much of a difference, but psychologically it is nice to know that the utility bill will be smaller than it was going to be, so that's good news," she said.

Andrea, who is the author of 'Office Mum', a blog about being a working parent, described her family as being a "typically middle-income family". While she will be able to manage the cost of her water bill, she acknowledged that other families will struggle.

"I am relatively lucky. We are a typical middle-income family.

"It's not going to tip me over the edge by any means, but there are people who just don't have the money.

"On principle I am not opposed to paying for water. I see water as something that has to be paid for like any other utility. So I am not opposed to paying for it, I just think it is incredibly bad timing."

She said the reduction in the USC charge in this year's Budget will help her family cover the costs of this latest bill.

"At the end of the day, it all just balances out," she added.

Irish Independent

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